It was a Monday. I was jolted into consciousness by the dreadful sound of my iPhone alarm. Already? I hit snooze. Prolonging the inevitable. Eventually I’d have to drag myself out of bed and head to work. A reality that made me hate Mondays and live for the weekends.
A few short years ago that was my reality. I worked in a job I didn’t want to be in. I longed for freedom, to do work that mattered to me and to control my time. I longed for something other than the reality that I was experiencing.
Today I no longer wake up to the sound of a blearing alarm. I no longer have to drag myself out of bed to head to an office full of people who hate their jobs, resent their bosses and long for more but refuse to do anything about it. I am no longer a corporate slave. But I’m still not happy.
Why? Because I’m a struggling writer and I’m not where I want to be.
As humans we are always looking forward, which isn’t always a bad thing, but we often forget to look back at how far we’ve come. I am doing things now that only a few years ago seemed like an impossible dream. An unreachable goal. I control my time. I’m not chained to an office desk. I create and I’m paid to do so. I recently published my first book. These are no small achievements.
I’m not where I want to be, but I’m making progress.
Are you doing things that a few years ago were a distant dream? Have you made progress?
Did you long to be in a healthy relationship?
To love yourself more?
To do work that made you come alive?
Are you a healthier version of yourself?
Have you made progress in any area of your life?
I’m sure you have. Each day we get a choice as to whether we will use it to head in the direction of our dreams. To make progress. We can take small steps each day towards our goals and one day we may wake up and be where we want to be. But it’s important to recognise our growth, regardless of how small it may be. Each step gets us closer to our goals and should be celebrated. The journey is just as important as the destination. The journey is what gets you there.